Yesterday, while on my way to the doctor’s office, my
husband and I pulled into a local Tim Horton’s drive through. It‘s sort of
routine for us, he orders an extra large double cream and I usually order a café
mocha (chocolate, caffeine, whipped cream…what’s not to love?) We pull up to
the window and the drive through attendant tells us that the lady in the car in
front of us paid for our order. For a
moment we’re taken aback and then the wave of warmth flows through me; “What a
wonderful thing for someone to do!” We take our order and try to catch up to
the lady in the teal colored Buick to wave her our thanks, but she turned right
and we turned left and I never got to thank her.
In this world that is filled with war and hate and crime, it is nice to have
someone remind you of the general goodness of humanity. In this world where
society has seemingly gone cold, we spend more time in front of our computer
screens than we do getting to know the people living on our street; it takes
nothing more than a simple random act of kindness to restore faith in the human
This is the time of year when we are reminded to put others
before ourselves and to be thankful for the things that we have. It is the time
of year when we preach love and kindness, but too few of us actually practice
the brotherhood that we preach. We go about our business with our nonsensical
fa la la la la, but never really get into the true spirit of the season. We
drive to the nearest mall or super center fight and cuss over parking spots,
push and shove our way through the droves of people all searching for the
perfect gift to give, one that is bigger or better or more expensive than the
ones we gave last year. We look for that perfect expression of love, but it’s
only the perfect expression based on the dollar amount. We clench jaws while
waiting in check out lines and mutter
under our breath when the person in front of us is not walking at an acceptable
pace and there is no way around them. We sit in our cars on busy roadways and
flip off the guy that is actually doing the speed limit because we are in a
rush to get to our various places of worship and then we gather in those places
and put on our prettiest social faces, give thanks and praise and as soon as
that hour is over we can’t wait to get out of there.
We forget that one simple act of kindness can make the
difference in someone’s day. We forget that something as simple as a smile and
a hello can sometimes literally save a life and so because I have been inspired
by one simple act of kindness, I am going to issue a challenge.
I challenge every single person that reads this blog entry
to perform one random act of kindness towards someone you don’t know. It might
be paying for a coffee, it might be donating to a shelter; it might be giving
food to a food bank or giving blood when you never have before. Perform that
simple act of kindness and see how good you feel inside.
And when you find yourself the recipient of a random act of kindness, make a
promise to yourself that you will pay it forward and share the joy you feel
with someone else.
It’s easy… it’s cheap…and the profit is tenfold! Try it… you
might like it!